Coffin Ridge L'acadie
Located north of Toronto on Lake Huron's east side you will find Georgion Bay. Often referred to as the sixth Great Lake, Georgian Bay features more than 30,000 islands and 2,000 kilometres of shoreline. The area includes Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Beaver Valley & Wasaga Beach. Three wineries are emerging from this new region, Coffin Ridge, halfway between Meaford and Owen Sound, has been selling wine for a few years now. Carrick Wines, further to the west on Highway 9 between Walkerton and Mildmay, is located on the rolling hills inland from Lake Huron and has been selling wine since 2010. Georgian Hills Vineyards, a few kilometres south of Thornbury, opened its doors to ... the public in summer, 2011
Neil and Gwen Lamont , owners of Coffin Ridge Vineyard and Winery, began their grape growing journey in 1999. The vineyard was the brainchild of Neil who, upon settling with Gwen in the Owen Sound area to begin his surgical practice, realized as he traveled the road between Owen Sound and Balaclava, that there were an abundance of wild grapes growing around the area.
Neil's curiosity had provoked him enough that he had soon planted two hundred plants around the side and back of their house. Gwen didn't pay much attention to the new hobby. When the first five acres were planted using the Tom Sawyer method Gwen suddenly realized this was serious business The Baco Noir was one of the hardiest, along with Foch and Prairie Star. When the first five acres were planted using the Tom Sawyer method Gwen suddenly realized this was serious business.
This beautiful picture of the vineyards in winter may suggest its too cold for growing grapes but the summers are long and sunny producing beautiful wines. Neil and Gwen have done an extraordinary amount of research into cold climate grapes and have carefully chosen varieties that thrive in Grey County's clay soil and frigid climate
The vineyards are carefully tended using sustainable viticultural methods with no insecticide use and careful attention to soil management. With the help of consultant, Dr. Kevin Kerr of Kerr Crop Management, Coffin Ridge is growing healthy and thriving grapes which have translated into award winning wines. Steve Byfield is the winemaker
The L'acadie grape was originally developed at the Vineland Research Station, It found its way to Nova Scotia become the provincial wine. Coffin Ridge planted the grape in 2001 the first Ontario winery to do so. In 2013 Coffin Ridge was awarded a Double Gold medals for their L'Acadie Blanc at the All Canadian Wine Championships. Repeating the double gold won in 2011. Once again Coffin Ridge proves Geogion Bay is a great place for growing grapes and making Canada's cool Climate wines.
Mike Todd, who manages the winery and the vineyards for owners Neil and Gwen Lamont, the top awards are proof that Coffin Ridge's years of research into matching grapes to the local terroir have paid off. “L'Acadie and Marquette are two varieties that do very well up here (in Southern Georgian Bay) and only here, so it makes it unique,”
Ontario Wine Review gives the wine four stars and say Nose that's very pretty with floral, laced with exotic fruit and sweet grapefruit notes ... this all follows on the palate and adds a bitter grapefruit pith into the mix - which helps it from coming off too sweet; then again the acidity helps there too
Canadian owners and winemakers continue to stretch the boundaries of Canada's wine regions. A tip of the hat to the team at Coffin Ridge.
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